I was speaking with the brilliant linguist and author of Don't Think of an Elephant, George Lakoff this weekend and he got me thinking.
Every one of the president's most moving speeches -- the speeches where he inspired and lifted our country up -- had one thing in common. Speeches like his 2004 convention speech, the speech on race and the speech in Osawatomie, Kansas all spoke with moral clarity about who we are, about deep American values.
Yes, they talked about issues, but the issues were an outgrowth from the call to our character.
So, with respect, Mr. President, when you walk on stage in the next debate I would like to hear you say that the choice is not just about whose tax plan you like or who has the better health care strategy. It's much more fundamental than that. This is a choice about our national character.
Perhaps you can say this:
"Like Governor Romney, I love this nation. You, Governor, believe in the individual and in freedom. So do I. And I also believe that in order for the individual to exercise that freedom fully, in order for the individual to be personally responsible and successful, in order for that to happen, together we have to lay a certain foundation.
So that great small business owner that you talk about?
We all contributed to make sure she was educated at the public schools and public university. That we all participated doesn't take anything away from her individual accomplishments. It's okay, really. We're proud to have helped. We all, together as Americans, invested to build the public libraries and the roads and the national parks. We have organized ourselves, as a country, in a way that allows us to pool our resources to make sure that we all have the chance to be successful and to exercise that liberty. It's who we are as a nation.
My God, it makes me proud."
Originally aired on The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. The War Room airs weeknights at 10 p.m. EST on Current TV. Follow Jennifer Granholm on Facebook and Twitter, and The War Room on Facebook and Twitter.
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